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Today's News

  • School board names Tubb interim superintendent

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has named Les Tubb to serve as Brunswick County Schools interim superintendent.

    Tubb succeeds Edward Pruden, whose contract the board terminated Nov. 12 after a special called meeting. Terms of his contract, including a start date and compensation, are being negotiated and will be shared as they become available, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in a news release.

  • Board terminates superintendent’s contract

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Edward Pruden during a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    Following a closed session that lasted almost four hours, the board returned to open session. Catherine Cooke made a motion to terminate Pruden’s contract effective Nov. 30, which was supported by Charlie Miller and Shirley Babson.

  • Parents react to superintendent’s firing

     BELVILLE — Following the school board’s decision Nov. 12 to fire Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden, concerned community members and parents say they are left with more questions than answers, criticizing the board for a lack of transparency.

  • Student collects soda tabs to raise money for injured friend

     SHALLOTTE — After Selena Utter was injured in a single-vehicle crash Sept. 14, the West Brunswick High School junior said she found out who her real friends were.

    Among those friends is Megan Henson, a senior at West Brunswick, who started a collection of aluminum soda can tabs to raise enough funds to buy a wheelchair for Utter.

    All West Brunswick seniors are required to complete a Senior Project before becoming eligible for graduation.

  • Charter school company complies with state request

     A local charter school management company is back in good graces with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction after complying with its salary requests last week.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) had been in legal limbo with the department for more than a month after the management company did not provide it with the requested salary information.

  • County will match grant to remove sunken Holden Beach shrimp boat

    The perpetually sinking ship that sits across the Intracoastal Waterway from Holden Beach could find a final resting place in the Brunswick County Landfill.

    County commissioners unanimously approved a staff request to apply for a grant to pay for the removal of the shrimp boat at the board’s Nov. 12 agenda meeting.

    Brunswick County will apply for $25,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2015 Community based Marine Debris Removal grant.

  • Stalled work no day in the park in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In the wake of stalled work at Sunset Beach Town Park, town leaders are combing through the numbers to help determine what’s next.

    During a monthly workshop last Thursday, Nov. 13, Sunset Beach Town Council reviewed the financial status of the park as compiled by new town finance director Bonnie Schwerd.

    Town administrator Susan Parker said she asked Schwerd to do the report consisting of a summary of project expenditures by date and a separate summary of vendor expenditures.

  • County commissioners agree to $3.5 million land purchase for park on IWW

    County commissioners are planning to purchase property for a park along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach.

    The property includes three parcels totaling nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the waterway just west of the Holden Beach bridge.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county will buy the properties for $3.5 million from Sweetwater Investments LLC.

    Commissioners agreed to the purchase by a 4-1 vote at their Nov. 12 agenda meeting, with Commissioner Pat Sykes dissenting.

  • Tree of Hope adoptions sought for annual BFA distribution

    As Brunswick Family Assistance gets ready for the holidays, it could use some assistance, too.

    The Shallotte-based nonprofit, which provides assistance for families in need, including its annual Christmas distribution in December, has come up short and needs help.

    “We are desperately looking for people to adopt tags,” BFA program manager Lora Moree said.

    BFA still has 135 tags remaining on its holiday Tree of Hope bearing names of seniors and children and their Christmas wish lists this year.

  • Agents arrest seven in separate drug cases

     Agents arrested three Shallotte residents accused of trafficking heroin through Brunswick County.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 30-year-old Lamar McDow, 27-year-old Eddie Hill and 24-year-old Masheka Rena Cobb during a traffic stop on N.C. 130 near Ash.